USCIS fee increases, revised comment
I did finally figure out how to send my comment, attached below. Apparently you cannot do it by email but you can do it electronically. Here is a more precise guide:
1. Go to this website: http://recordsnotrevenue.com/
2. Read that page, but if you already understand the issue and simply want to register your comments, scroll down to the bottom half of the page where it says "Make your voice heard in three easy steps!"
3. Skip steps one and two and click on the Federal Rule Making Portal under Step 3.
4. Register your comment and decide if you want your contact information included (or not) and submit.
5. Collect your tracking number
6. Advice: Do NOT make your comment political (i.e., as a rebuke
of the current administration, who, after all, are the people who
will render the final decision).
7. Send copies of your comments to the appropriate members of
your Congressional district.
Your Comment Tracking Number: 1k3-9dsl-epo8
I have been researching and writing about my extended family for
the last 25 years and have relied for much of my information on
freely available files held by the National Archives and the
Library of Congress. As honest taxpayers we already support our
government substantially and should not be penalized for
requesting copies of information that was collected with money
from our taxes. In other words, charging for access to this
information is a form of double taxation. One can understand a per
page charge for hard copy documents, but only at a normal
commercial rate of a few cents per page. Charging hundreds of
dollars is unconscionable. Where those documents are already
digitized, the cost of emailing them should be near zero!